Amphoras

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Created on Saturday, 05 March 2011 Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 Written by Administrator


bodrum_amphorasThe apple of the atisan's eye,both the soil and sea have hidden them well n their bosom, until they finally surfaced...The artisan's labor,breath,ornaments, are embedded in them,buried with a sinking ship into the depths of the sea, or maybe presented full of gratifying mastic wine as an offering to posedion, the god of the sea.The smell of the sea still inside them, still bearing a secret, after lying in the dark blue waters for thousands of years, now they generously share their mystery with us.

Amphoras have lsitened to the sound of the sea for thousands of years, resisted its salts, bearing the marks of passing time.In the rising day above the castle they bring history to the light of day.Like the waters they come from, cool, deep down and silent...The amphoras in the museum comprise the biggest amphora collection in the world.Turkey's first and only, the Bodrum museum of underwater archaeology was awarded a “Certificate of special Commendation 1995”at the ueropean museum of the year award 95.

With the joy of coming together all from different eras today in one spot, they sparkle happily.The transparent beauties adorning their era, the people, the place, bringing a unique inspiration to our day, glitter with wealth.Not with holding the light coming from inside, with a crystal touch they continue to adorn our day. A graceful light in the darknes.Shipwrecks that reveal history they travelled under Bodrum's sky, on sunny days and starry nights.

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 They were the passing through, anchor dropping the anchor weighing ships.What was their freight, with what were they laden?

Olive oi, wine and glass chunks, legumes and jewels.Human grievance, was their burden,joy and sorrow...

Exiles, aristocrats, sculptors, artisans, generals, captives, everything human...

They left behind crying lovers, and sometimes reunited them...

Storms came unto them...waves crashed on their masts...On a farawayday they could no longer bear their freight, they sank defeated, turning into shipwrecks.Time passed by them.Days, months, years, centuries...For thousands of years they waited at the bottom of the sea.Just know that to be here today they fought hard with wet time rotting them away.History is now embedded on their salty faces.These exhibits bringing the smell of the sea from previous centuries to the present day, are as if a dream is continuing with its endless sleep in the depths of the sea.They still carry the smell of a long lasting journey.Not waters, not storms, not even time could erase the traces of sounds, faces and places on them...

The tektaş shipwreck is exhibited in one of the most glorious towers of Bodrum, the french tower.The shipwreck, which was located near cesme's sığacık, dates back to when herodotus lived in 5th century B.C. The 200 amphoras found on the ship are still in one piece despite the passing decades their solid bodies intact.

The Uluburun shipwreck lies on a blue surface as if still carrying on with its endless sleep at thebodrum_underwater-amphoras bottom of thesea,like a dream.What a long journey this has been.A ship coming all the way from the past...What oceans has it travelled?Neither waters, nor storms, not even time could erase the traces of sounds, faces and places on it...

It is not just any shipwreck; it is the oldest known shipwreck in the world...

A shipwreck in the open waters of kaş-uluburun...The most important and special exhibit of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Arcaeology...


 
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